In June 2015, the corporation Capita became the ‘preferred bidder’ to take over the running of primary care support services, such as management of patient records. In the process, funding for these services is being slashed from £100m to £60m. Now 29 support Centres across England are under threat of closure, with potentially over 800 staff redundancies. There are also concerns about protecting patient confidentiality when patients’ non-anonymised records are handled by private companies.
People will die because of the Government’s decision to focus on competition rather than quality in health care.— Richard Horton, editor, The Lancet